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Art introduces the Soul into a Higher Spiritual Order Thomas Merton

kristena briem-west

                Olaf Asteson & Sun Realm Painting Artist Kristena West M.A.


There is only one reason why this is completely true: art is not an end in itself. It introduces the soul into a higher spiritual order, which it expresses and in some sense explains. Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God because they induce a kind of contact with the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. The genius of the artist finds its way by the affinity of creative sympathy, or connaturality, into the living law that rules the universe. 

This law is nothing but the secret gravitation that draws all things to God as to their center. Since all true art lays bare the action of this same law in the depths of our own nature, it makes us alive to the tremendous mystery of being, in which we ourselves, together with all other living and existing things, come forth from the depths of God and return again to Him. An art that does not produce something of this is not worthy of its name. -Thomas Merton

  

 

•connatural

adjective
1.
belonging to a person or thing by nature or from birth or origin;inborn.
2.
of the same or a similar nature.
Art by Kristena West M.A.


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